Side event for the 52nd Commission for Social Development

Green is More: Achieving Decent Work and Social Development

The side event will attempt to increase policy coherence by sharing knowledge and expertise on good practices, tools and updates related to the linkages between social development and a green economy.



Side Event of the 52nd session of the Commission for Social Development

Green is More: Achieving Decent Work and Social Development

11 February 2014
1:15 to 2:30p.m.
United Nations Headquarters, New York
Conference Room 7 (NLB)
 
 
Background

PanelistsThe World Summit on Social Development set out an ambitious new agenda that raised the profile on the importance of social policy questions in international development. Nearly twenty years since the Copenhagen summit, lack of decent work opportunities, persistent working poverty, social exclusion and inadequate access to social protection remain central development challenges. The Rio+20 outcome document, The Future We Want, called for a strengthening of the three pillars of sustainable development and acknowledged that in order for policies to be successful and sustainable, they will need to have a strong employment and social
component.

The Commission for Social Development has an important opportunity to continue to promote policy coherence by addressing the interconnected and unresolved social, environmental and economic challenges simultaneously. Evidence already indicates that the shift to a sustainable, greener economy offers major opportunities for social development by: (1) creating tens of millions of green jobs; improving the quality of a large numbers of jobs across sectors; and (3) promoting social inclusion on a massive scale.

In an effort to build synergies and facilitate partnerships in support of sustainable development, UNEP, ILO, UNIDO and UNITAR initiated the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE). This partnership aims to be a voluntary and demand-driven mechanism for countries seeking to develop and implement national green economy strategies in support of decent work, social equity and income while preserving natural resources. Drawing on expertise of its various members, PAGE assists to build enabling conditions in participating countries by shifting investment and policies towards the creation of a new generation of assets, such as clean technologies, resource efficient infrastructure, well-functioning ecosystems, green skilled labour and good governance.

The side event attempts to increase policy coherence by sharing knowledge and expertise on good practices, tools and updates related to the linkages between social development and a green economy. Active PAGE countries and supporters of PAGE will share how and why they have chosen to embark on a green growth pathway.
 

Panelists

* Ms. Jane Stewart, Special Representative and Director, ILO-NY
* Mr. Elliott Harris, Director, UNEP-NY
* Ms. Bolormaa Tsoodol, Director, Department of Foreign Relations, Ministry of Population Development and Social Welfare of Mongolia
* Mr. Rudi Delarue, European Commission, Deputy Head of Unit, External Relations, Neighbourhood Policy, Enlargement, IPA, DG Employment
* Mr. Victor Munoz, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Peru